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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast March 13, 2023




Commitments to attend 4-H Academy and 4-H Round Up are due by March 28th by making a $50 deposit and once you attend, the deposit is returned. Martin County 4-H and supporters who assist with funding are making this year fully supported financially! No out-of-pocket expense to the youth and families!  Read below for more details and let us help you learn more and get signed up!



Who:  Youth in grades 9-12

Date:  June 7-9

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette



Listen to the recently recorded Indiana 4-H Clover Call Pod Cast: Academy is Amazing at:


4-H Academy @ Purdue University is the topic of this month’s 4-H Clover Call. 4-H Academy will be held June 7-9 at Purdue University. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend! Dena Held, Martin County 4-H Educator, moderates this discussion. Also included on the podcast is Angie Frost, 4-H Healthy Living Specialist; Heather Caldwell, Fayette County 4-H Educator; Carly Holland, Rush County 4-H Educator; 4-H members Jorga Ellis (Rush County) and Clay Smith (Randolph County). During the podcast, we’ll learn about the parts of 4-H Academy that are highlights for the panelists and describe the opportunities that are available through 4-H Academy in 2023, including 14 different workshop tracks that are scheduled to be offered. Content of the Clover Call include:


Angie gives favorite part of Academy   

Conversation with youth who have attended Academy: Clay & Jorga

Details & Logistics about Academy   

Concluding thoughts  



Who:  Youth in grades 7-9

Date:  June 26-28

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette

4-H Round-Up is an exciting opportunity offered to youth who have completed grades 7, 8, and 9. Attendees have an opportunity to explore a variety of careers by attending classes created just for Round-Up attendees at Purdue University. Participants will get a taste of college life and will live in a Purdue Residence Hall for two nights. Youth have an opportunity to meet others from across the state and further develop their leadership skills. Recreation events are planned in the evenings and blocks of free time allow attendees the opportunity to build friendships on their own. 



Who:  Youth in grades 9-12

Date:  June  24-26

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette


Band: Youth will improve their instrumental skills as they prepare for a concert band performance Monday evening during 4-H Round-Up

Chorus: Youth will improve their vocal and choreography skills as they prepare for a show choir performance Tuesday evening during 4-H Round-Up. 



Who: Youth in grades 9-12

Date: June 13-16

Location: DePauw University

The Conference is planned by a 14-member Jr. Leader Council


SJLC is for:

  • Those who want to learn new leadership skills for themselves and others.
  • Those willing to share the knowledge they gain with those at home.
  • Those who want to meet new friends from around Indiana.
  • Those who want to have fun!

While at Jr. Leader Conference, youth participate in:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Skill Sessions
  • State Park Group meetings
  • General Sessions
  • Skits/Talent Show
  • Recreation
  • Banquet and Dance
  • Installation Ceremony for Jr. Leader Council


Who:  Youth in grades 3-8

Date: June 2-4

Location: Country Lake Retreat Center, Clark County Indiana

Cost: $50 deposit from family will be returned after attending!  All costs paid for by Martin County 4-H and supporters!

Register: at

More details:



This fun 4-H event will be  Tuesday, April 25, 6 PM, Community Building, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center. Deadline to register is Thursday, April 20th.  Registration forms are available at the Purdue Extension Office or online. Qualifiers will be invited to participate in the Area III Youth Performing Arts Contest to be hold on Friday, May 12 at North Posey School.



Who:  All 4-H Ages & parents, leaders, and mentors

Date: WHEN: Monday, May 8th

Time:  6 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Community Learning Center, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Cost:  No Charge


Come to your Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center to this NO CHARGE workshop to learn the basics of 4-H exhibit poster making! 


RSVP requested at 812-295-2412 but NOT REQUIRED. 


Concepts will be taught and then practiced during the workshop.  If you are running late, please still join in or stop in to purchase poster board, poster board sleeves & salon sleeves for your exhibits!  


If you haven’t yet enrolled in 4-H, it isn’t too late!  An enrollment station will be available during this workshop. 



Join us for a day of learning about flowers, gardening and beekeeping.


Who: Youth in grades 3-12

When:  April 29, 2023

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Posey County Community Center

Register: 4honline at V2.4HONLINE.COM

Cost:  $20.00 for 4-H’ers or $35.00 for Non 4-H’ers. 

Lunch and supplies for activities are included.





Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Meetings

Location: Shoals Christian Church in the CRC Building

Time: All meetings are from 6 to 7 pm


Monday, April 3rd

Tuesday, April 18th 

Tuesday, April 25th     Performing Arts performance at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Tuesday, May 2nd

Monday, May 15th

Monday, June 5th

Tuesday, June 20th


Horse & Pony 4-H Club Meetings

Location: Community Learning Center or Horse & Pony Barn based on weather, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Time: 3 pm

Date: Sunday, March 26



Location: Truelove Church

Time: All meetings at 6pm


Tuesday, April 4

Tuesday, May 9

Tuesday, June 6

Tuesday, June 27 to sign record sheets at fair set up


Jr. Leaders 4-H Club Activities

Jr. Leaders is for 4-H Members in 7-12 grades.  All are invited to join in for the fun, leadership building, community minded club. Member may join in at any time!

Sunday, April 2: Easter Egg Hunt Community Service Event, followed with monthly meeting 

Sunday, May 7, 7 pm: Monthly meeting, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

June 13-17: State Jr Leader Conference (free for many members to attend, sign up now!)

June 20-21: Day Camp for younger youth. Jr Leader members are day camp counselors and camp leaders.


WHEN:  Every 4th Thursday in March, April & May: March 23, April 27, & May 25, 2023

TIME:     7:00 TO 8:30 PM EST


Interested in exploring your very own family tree? Join us for a free virtual SPARK club where you’ll learn about fascinating genealogy research methods as you construct family trees, charts, and reports for your 4-H Genealogy project! 


Embark on a journey of self-discovery that, with a little bit of work, will be a thrilling education into your own history. You'll be the detective of your very own cold case as you learn the skills to go back through time and piece together the stories, places, and people that created YOU! 


This SPARK Club is free for all approved 4-H members. Registration can be completed through your 4honline account at


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program information


The Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program training replaces the YQCA program. Youth in grades 3-12 showing Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Sheep, Goats, Swine, or Rabbits at the Martin County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair are required to complete this training by July 1st to be able to exhibit.  


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training core components, program goals and expectations emphasize the importance of care, safety, and youth as industry ambassadors. The goal of the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training program is to help youth understand their responsibility in increasing consumer confidence, animal stewardship, and overall gaining and applying pertinent information and credibility, relating to food systems. The curriculum is relevant and timely with an emphasis on assisting youth in making their best livestock practices even better.


Cornerstone beliefs of the training include:

  1. Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
  2. Youth livestock exhibitors are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply.
  3. Youth livestock exhibitors are prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture.


Martin County training dates are: 


Monday, May 1, 2023               4 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           2 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           4 PM


Registration is due two days prior to class by calling 812-295-2412. The training cost is $3 and payment by cash or check will be accepted at the door.


Indiana 4-H will accept online YQCA certifications for 2023. If you choose to complete the YQCA option (still required for most national shows, especially swine), you will register for the online course at The cost of the online YQCA course is $12. After completing the course, you must email your certificate to the Dena at or bring a copy to the Extension Office. 



WHEN:  Saturday, April 22, 2023

WHERE:  Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds, 4157 South State Road 162, Huntingburg, IN 47542

Registration:  7:30 to 8:30 am EST

Contest Begins:  9:00 am EST

Lunch will be included in registration cost

Preregistration Recommended by 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at:  Or mail paper form to Purdue Extension-Dubois County.

Scantrons will be used, so bring pencils and clipboards.  ALL 4-H/FFA Judging teams are welcome to attend. 

For more information:

Steve Oeding – 812-351-2468

Josh Lichlyter – 812-827-9424

Grant Weyer – 812-661-0490



WHERE:  Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds

TIME:  10:00 am EST

REGISTRATION:  9:30 am to 10:00 am EST

COST:  $10.00 Per youth participant

FOR INFORMATION:  Contact Ashlee Davis – or Mercedes Brunton –



WHEN:  May 20, 2023

WHERE:  Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 3852 W SR 256, Madison,  IN  47250

INFO:  Check in, Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30am  and Saturday, May 20, 7:00 – 10:00am

             For more Information call:

             Brice Gray – 812-599-6182

             Tanner MaHoney – 812-701-6698

             Brent Gray – 812-599-5296


one session of the 4-H VOLUNTEER Leader Training Series remains!

All are invited to the following Professional Development 4-H Volunteer Leader Training Series.  Current leaders and prospective new leaders are targeted, ANYONE AND EVERYONE with an interest is welcome to attend! RSVP requested but not required: Dena Held at or 812-295-2412.


Thursday, March 30, 2023 6 pm


Location: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds, Community Learning Center, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN



One way to earn admission into Purdue University is through Fast Start. Indiana Students can take the Modern States online courses for free.  Those who pass a minimum of five corresponding College Board CLEP exams and meet Purdue’s standard admission requirements are assured admission to Purdue and designated Klinsky Scholars. CLEP testing centers are now open along with online options. The Purdue Extension Martin County Office staff are available to help local students access this opportunity! 




2023 INDIANA STATE FAIR – JULY 28 – AUGUST 20, 2023 Closed Monday & Tuesdays


MARTIN COUNTY 4-H FAIR 2023 4-H Related Schedule of Activities

*More activities to be added/subject to change*


Wednesday- Friday, April 26-April 28

8:00 am – 4:00 pm                    4-H Swine tags to be picked up 


Friday, April 28

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Martin County 4-H Animal tagging day for cattle, sheep & goats

(No new livestock tags will be distributed after April 28)


Thursday, May 11

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                    4-H Poultry Bleed & 4-H Rabbit Tattooing


Monday, May 15

All 4-H project drop/add on

All 4-H animals must be identified on

Equine Health forms & applicable leases are due


June 1-June 20

All 4-H exhibits for the fair must be entered on


Saturday, June 10

9:00 am                                    4-H Tractor Contest – All Disciplines


Tuesday, June 27

6:00 pm                                    Set up at 4-H Fairgrounds for all 4-Hers, Leaders & Volunteers – check in & out at the tree


Thursday, June 29

3:30 pm                                    4-H Fashion Revue Judging, at the Community Learning Center

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Static Project Exhibit Check-In Judging at the Community Building

                                                 Includes Mini 4-H exhibits (excludes 4-H foods, 4-H garden and 4-H floriculture)


Saturday, July 1

                                                All livestock purebred animal registration papers due

Quality Assurance training certificates for cattle, swine, sheep, goat, rabbit & poultry exhibitors are due

Health forms for felines & poultry are due


Wednesday, July 5

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H floriculture, 4-H foods & 4-H garden projects exhibit check in 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    All Open Class Exhibits Check-In


Thursday, July 6

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H Livestock Check-In


Friday, July 7

3:00 pm                                    4-H Cat Show in The Emergency Management Building

5:00 pm                                    Community Building and vendors Opens

6:30 pm                                    Queen Contest, 4-H Fashion Revue & Mini Sewing Modeling


Saturday, July 8

9:00 am                                    Community Building Opens

9:00 am                                    4-H Beef & Dairy Show

1:00 pm                                    4-H Rabbit Show

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm                   4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 1

5:30 pm                                    4-H Poultry Show


Sunday, July 9

10:00 am – 11:00 am                4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 2

1:00 pm                                  4-H Horse & Pony Show **** Schedule change ****

1:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens

6:00 pm                                    4-H Goat & Sheep Show


Monday, July 10

5:00pm                                    Community Building Opens

5:00 pm                                    Oreo stacking and watermelon seed contest by Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders

6:00pm                                    4-H Swine Show


Tuesday, July 11

5:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens 

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm                    4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

5:30 pm                                    4-H Supreme Showmanship

7:00 pm                                    4-H Ten year and Last Year Member Recognition

7:00 pm – 745 pm                     4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

7:15 pm                                    4-H Livestock Auction


Wednesday, July 12

6:30 pm                                    Clean up *All 4-H members & 4-H volunteers/leaders*


Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

8:00 am – 3:00 pm                    Static projects (except foods) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412. 

Tuesday, August 1

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm                   Foods projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412.




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Completing an internship experience as an undergraduate student is often an integral component to degree enhancement. In the Agricultural Economics department alone, approximately 97% of undergraduate students complete an internship before they graduate. Along with on the job experience, internships offer students unique, sometimes once in a lifetime opportunities.  


Throughout her childhood, rising sophomore Ruthie Lamaster (Agribusiness Management; Greenfield, IN.) vacationed with her family to Disney World, creating memories and a passion for the organization. During a visit to Disney during her freshman year of high school, Ruthie learned about the Disney College Program and the internship opportunities available.  


After learning about the program, Ruthie hoped one day she too would be able to participate in the program. During her freshmen year of college, Ruthie began the application process in hopes of securing a position the following summer. “Having a love and passion for Disney my entire life, I just decided to step out of my comfort zone and apply. I always remembered the kind cast members at Disney World and would often tell my parents I wanted to work there throughout my childhood. So, I guess you could say I turned my dreams into reality.” 

Along with a passion for the organization, Ruthie also shared her reasons for choosing a summer internship. “I chose to do a summer internship because I wanted to gain professional experience in the workforce. I also wanted to work on my self-confidence and find who I am as a person, so I felt like moving away from home would allow me to do that, all while having fun at the Happiest Place on Earth.” 


This summer Ruthie has served as a merchandizing and sales associate. Her roles include job duties such as running the cashier, floor stocking and store greeter. “My tasks range from running a cash register to holding a bubble wand outside the gift shop, making our guests feel welcome.” While her home location is Pop Century Resort, Ruthie has been deployed to other Disney resorts and properties such as the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary Resort, and the Polynesian Resort, as well as ESPN Wide World of Sports. 


As a part of the Disney College Program, Ruthie has gained valuable workplace experience and the value of good customer service. “I quickly learned that by having a smile on your face and going out of your way to interact with guest will make yours and their experience so much better and more memorable. This has made me realize that working for such a well-known company will open many doors for me in the future, but I want to find a company that cares about their guests just as much as Disney does. I have also discovered that I want a job where I get to have face to face interactions with people every day instead of looking at a computer screen for eight hours a day. I truly enjoy helping guests in every way possible and putting a smile on their face.” 


Looking back on her time at Disney, Ruthie shared some of her key takeaways, “don’t be afraid to stand out and step out of your comfort zone. Find a new perspective, sometimes you think it’s silly that a guest is upset and screaming at you for missing a bus, but in reality, he spent a ton of money on this vacation with his family and has been waiting in long lines this whole trip. Go to infinity and beyond as Buzz Lightyear would say. Going out of your way for a

guest will make their trip so much better. It also puts you in a great mood to know you went out of your way to make someone’s day.” 


During the summer, Ruthie has made new memories at her favorite park, one of the most notable being able to visit Pluto every time she heads to the park.  “My goal during this internship was to not go a day at the parks without seeing Pluto. Let's just say I pretty much only have pictures with Pluto, and I haven’t failed yet. He is my favorite character if you can’t tell.” 


Through participation in the Disney College Program, Ruthie has been able to explore new interests and potential career paths. As she looks to future summers and beyond, Ruthie sees herself training to be a coordinator in the future. “I truly love my job and enjoy coming to work each day, and my leaders notice that. I see myself seeking an internship at a similar business because I have enjoyed my time here at Disney and really cherish their values. I also feel like working for a similar business would improve your skills and prepare you for the workforce.” 


When asked to share one thing with potential students seeking an internship, she shared, “Take a risk. That risk could change your life, just like Disney has changed mine. I am a better person, I have found happiness in myself and helped others find theirs. Go and change the world one dream at a time.” 


As her time at Disney comes to an end, Ruthie summarized her experience with her favorite quote from Walt Disney. “’First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.’” From a young age I have always wanted to work for Disney, I was so happy there, so why wouldn’t I want to be there every single day, making magic and making others happy. If you dream of doing something, believe you can and dare yourself to do it. You would be surprised

how far that can take you in life.”


VOLUNTEER opportunities

Have you ever thought about a talent you have or a talent you want to develop alongside youth in the 4-H Program? 


Purdue Extension & Martin County 4-H is seeking adults to work to MAKE THE BEST BETTER through 4-H programs. Contact Dena to explore how to work together in this way.  No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. There are lots of ways to get involved! Currently, 4-H Club Leaders are needed for All Terrain Vehicle Program, Shooting Sports and STEM/Robotics. Various content specialist and general volunteers are also needed. Looking to help with the 4-H Fair and have some ideas?  Join one of the committees. Wonder how we can continue to bring fun and learning to youth through 4-H all year long? Do you have ideas?  NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO GET INVOLVED!


Parents, family and adult friends of 4-H members are often a natural fit to help with programming and is one way to spending quality time with the youth in your lives!


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